Find out how much councillors are paid, and how the allowances procedure is overseen.

The full scheme forms part of the council’s constitution. Copies of the record of payments made under the members allowance scheme are available below. They are also available for inspection at County Hall in Northallerton, during office hours.

Basic allowance

The basic allowance for all members of the council is £10,316.

Allowances in detail

Special responsibility allowances are paid to certain members of the council as follows:

Position Allowance
Chairman of the council £10,626
Vice-chairman of the council £3,542
Leader of the council £33,649
Deputy leader of the council £17,710
Executive members £15,939
Chairman of the scrutiny of health committee £10,626
Chairmen of other overview and scrutiny committees £5,313
Vice-chairmen of overview and scrutiny committees £1,771
Chairman of the pension fund committee £5,313
Chairmen of area constituency committees £2,657
Chairman of the appeals committee £5,313
Vice-chairman of the appeals committee £886
Chairman of audit committee £3,542
Chairman of the planning and regulatory functions committee £4,428
Chairman of the planning and regulatory functions sub-committee £1,771
Chairman of the standards committee £1,771
Champions for young people and older people £1,771
Leaders of political groups, where the group is the second party in group membership £5,313
Leaders of political groups, where the group is the third largest eligible party in group membership £2,657
Secretaries of political groups, where the group is the largest party in group membership £2,657
Secretaries of political groups, where the group is the second largest eligible party in group membership £1,771
Secretaries of political groups, where the group is the third largest eligible party in group membership £886

The minimum group size to be eligible for an allowance is seven (nine from 5 May 2022) members.

Other Allowances Allowance
Independent persons for standards £886
Chairman of the pension board £3,000
Chairman of the police, fire and crime panel £8,855
Vice-chairmen of the police, fire and crime panel £3,542
Members of the police, fire and crime panel £1,771
Community co-opted members of the police, fire and crime panel £1,771

Travel and subsistence allowance is paid to members as follows, in respect of approved duties. Details of these duties are included in the full members allowance scheme, which forms part of the constitution. The scheme aligns the rates to those payable to county council officers. Should officer rates be reviewed during the year, any change will be reflected in the rates payable to members from the operative date of the review.

Travel and subsistence allowance is paid to members as follows, in respect of approved duties. Details of these duties are included in the full members allowance scheme, which forms part of the constitution. The scheme aligns the rates to those payable to county council officers. Should officer rates be reviewed during the year, any change will be reflected in the rates payable to members from the operative date of the review.

Car allowances

  • Up to 10,000 miles per annum - 45p per mile
  • Additional miles in excess of 10,000 per annum - 25p per mile

Rail and air travel

Reimbursed at cost.

Subsistence allowances

Actual expenditure up to a maximum of:

  • Breakfast - £6.50
  • Lunch - £6.50
  • Tea - £3.50
  • Evening meal - £11
  • Overnight - £76.50
  • Overnight (London) - £110

Independent remuneration panel

The independent remuneration panel consists of three members. The panel makes recommendations and provides advice to the county council about its members’ allowances scheme. Before the council makes or amends its members’ allowances scheme it must have regard to, and publicise, the panel’s recommendations.

The independent remuneration panel has published the following documents:

If you are interested in becoming a member of the panel, please email our democratic services team.